- Delivery questions
- What is Huel?
- Why is it called Huel?
- How do I consume it?
- Where is Huel manufactured?
- Why? Why not just eat 'real' food?
- Can Huel help me gain or lose weight?
- What does Huel taste like? Can I add flavour?
- Does Huel fill you up?
- Can you drink Huel hot or cold?
- Is Huel suitable for Vegans?
- Is Huel low FODMAP?
- What is the shelf life of Huel?
- How do you explain Huel to your friends and family?
- Why sucralose?
- What equipment will I need?
- Can Huel be used by diabetics?
- What is the Glycemic Index (GI) of Huel?
- Are the Vitamins and Minerals in Huel absorbed into the body?
- Is powdered food a new fad?
- Don't we need to chew to start off digestion?
- Can I consume Huel if I've had Oesophageal or Stomach Surgery?
- Is Huel okay to consume during pregnancy? Is the level of vitamin A in Huel okay?
- Can I consume Huel if I'm breastfeeding?
- Can Huel be administered through a feeding tube?
- Does Huel contain banned substances? Is it approved by Informed Sport?
- Will consuming a liquid diet affect my dental health?
- Can children use Huel?
- Is Huel OK for use in people with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome?
- Is Huel OK to Consume if I Have Diverticular Disease?
- What is the pH of Huel?
- Does Huel contain Phytoestrogens?
- Is Huel high in saturated fat?
- Why doesn't Huel contain EPA and DHA fats?
- Is Huel organic?
- Does Huel contain active enzymes?
- Is Huel available in the US and Canada?
- Have any of the ingredients in Huel been treated with sulphites?
- Does Huel offer a forces discount?
- How do I fix the 'unable to find a valid discount matching the code entered' error?
- Is your packaging recyclable?
- Not answered your question and need to contact us?
Huel is a nutritionally complete powdered food that contains all the proteins, carbs, and fats you need, plus at least 100% of the European Union's "Daily Recommended Amounts" of all 26 essential vitamins and minerals. Read more about Huel.
Huel is Human Fuel. See what we did there?
Huel is supplied as a dry micro fine powder, so can be used in different ways (and this also dramatically increases the shelf life). Here are some examples:
- Our serving suggestion: For speed and convenience, simply add Huel to water and blend or shake well in a food shaker.
- You can use Huel like a flour to make cakes, cookies, etc. Click this page here for more information.
Read our full how to use guide.
Huel is blended and packaged in the UK, at our state of the art facility in Devon. Here it is produced in accordance with the UK’s rigorous food production regulations. They are an ISO9001:2008 certified manufacturer.
It’s not as simple as just saying eat real food. Ensuring you are getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs is an incredibly difficult process. Indeed, at least 50% of the population is deficient in at least one vitamin or mineral, 64% of adults are overweight or obese, 3.8 million people have diabetes, and over 15 million people are classed as borderline diabetics. Clearly it is not so simple to eat only what is healthy for you and get the right diet. For many people, this isn’t through lack of knowledge or will, but just simple lack of time to prepare the food. Huel helps with this. Instead of being forced to eat an unhealthy ready meal or fast food, you can eat a cheap, quick, tasty and healthy meal. For many, the question isn’t why not eat 'real' food, it’s why not eat Huel?
Quite simply, yes. Just like any food, it all comes down to calories:
- Eat more calories than your body uses, and you will gain weight.
- Eat fewer calories than your body uses and you will lose weight.
Approximately 3500 calories equals 1 lb of fat. Therefore, eating a deficit of 500 calories per day should see you lose about 1lb of fat a week and vice versa.
With Huel it is easy to know exactly how many calories you consume, you simply weigh the powder then calculate how many calories are in it.
You can find out more about how many calories your body needs with this online calorie calculator.
Huel has been optimised for nutrition rather than flavour. Its flavour is best described as ‘neutral’ with a hint of vanilla. This is intentional, so it’s not so delicious that you want to consume too much!
If you do want to add some flavour, it’s very easy to do. Here are a few ideas:
- Huel powdered flavours - Huel has developed a range of four flavours - Strawberry, Mocha, Toffee, Rhubarb and Custard. These are designed to work with both Vanilla Huel and our Unflavoured & Unsweetened version. These flavour pouches use natural flavours and a natural sweetener (Stevia) and cost approximately 10 pence per use for the vanilla or the 20 pence for the unflavoured and unsweetened. See the Huel flavour pouches here.
- Coffee - either instant if you’re in a hurry, or brewed if you've a little bit more time on your hands.
- Syrups - such as those used at Starbucks. There’s a whole range of flavours, from caramel to mint. More information here.
- Blended fruit - some people say it's nice to add some extra fresh or frozen fruit and then blend, e.g. banana.
- Cocoa powder - for a hint of chocolate.
- Cordial - I've not tried this myself but I've heard it can be good.
- Cinnamon powder - this often comes up as a customer favourite plus it has health benefits too.
- Combinations - the choice is endless once you start experimenting with combinations. A couple of customer favourites are: Bananas and Cinnamon, and Chocolate powder and Coffee.
- How to sweeten - there is a large choice of both natural and artificial sweeteners, see a comprehensive list here, including their calories and score on the sweetness index.
- Savoury flavours - the new Unflavoured and Unsweetened Huel opens up a whole world of possibilities. Some ideas include: cayenne powder for those who love heat, curry, stock cubes, savoury flavour pots, even bacon powder.
(Please note: we have not tested all of the ideas above, so these are not recommendations, just ideas.)
Packed full of nutrients, over 40% of Huel is oats, which are low GI and can therefore help lead to a feeling of fullness. Read some of our customer testimonials to see them agree.
Huel is generally best enjoyed cold; it’s particularly good with a few ice cubes thrown in! Huel can be drunk warm however, and is a great way to warm up on a cold winter’s morning. We don’t recommend using boiling water though, as this may affect its nutritional profile. To avoid this, boil the water and let it cool, or simply mix it with cold water before adding it to your Huel.
Yes, absolutely. There are no animal products in Huel.
- Huel is low FODMAP.
- Oat powder is low to moderate FODMAP, and as other Huel ingredients are low, this further dilutes any possible effects from oat powder.
- Data from the Australian based FODMAP Friendly Food Certification program showed that pea protein is considered low FODMAP in small servings of 20g; 2.5 scoops of Huel has 18.4g.
- Brown rice protein is a low FODMAP protein powder.
- Flaxeed powder at the levels in Huel is moderate FODMAP, but as other Huel ingredients are low, this dilutes adverse effects of flaxseed powder.
- Huel is a combination of several ingredients, and Huel powder when mixed with water, is low FODMAP. We do, however, suggest consuming a maximum of 3 scoops at one sitting if you're particularly sensitive and spreading your intake throughout the day.
- Unopened - Huel can be stored for up to a year in a dry, cool environment, away from direct sunlight, e.g. a kitchen cupboard. There is a best before date printed on the pouch.
- Pouch open - once open we quote 6 months. Plus reseal the pouch and store in a dry, cool environment, away from direct sunlight, e.g. a kitchen cupboard.
- Once mixed with water, it should be consumed within a few hours, or if refrigerated, 24 hours.
Most people who see you drinking Huel will naturally be intrigued. Here are some simple explanations of what Huel is:
- It’s a nutritionally complete, powdered food.
- It contains absolutely everything your body needs, all in the correct ratios.
- It’s a hassle-free, affordable balanced diet.
- It’s a cheaper, faster, more balanced and more humane alternative to traditional food.
- Or how about ‘Human Fuel’. That’s where we got the name from, Human Fuel.
Some people don’t like the inclusion of sucralose in Huel, as it is an artificial sweetener. We use sucralose for a number of reasons. The first is that it doesn’t add any calories or carbohydrates, meaning the nutritional value of Huel is protected.
Sucralose is also a much healthier option than many other sweeteners. Indeed, Sucralose is 600 times sweeter than sugar, and doesn’t accumulate in your body. Huel only has to have a tiny amount of sucralose in it to make it much more palatable to many, and it doesn't interact with your body at all.
Furthermore, over 100 safety studies have been carried out on sucralose over 20 years, with a wide range of experts finding it has no ill effects on health, even when consumed at much higher levels than Huel uses. As such, sucralose is currently approved and deemed safe by:
- European Union Scientific Committee on Food (SCF)
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Food Standards Australia/New Zealand (FSANZ)
- Health Protection Branch of Health and Welfare Canada
- (Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization) Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)
- Japan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare
Sucralose is also suitable for people with diabetes, as it does not affect glucose or insulin levels. More still, it doesn’t increase bacteria levels in the mouth, so doesn’t cause tooth decay/cavities like sugar does.
We use Stevia in our flavour pouches, which is a natural sweetener that comes from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant, but is not in original Huel. The reason Stevia is not used in Huel is because it is not as sweet, so requires more of it to increase the overall sweetness of Huel. It can also leave a very bitter aftertaste in larger amounts.
More information in our Guide to Sucralose.
You only need Huel, water and a shaker. But the stuff below would also be handy.
A blender and/or shaker - Huel is a powder. You simply need to add water and mix. Up to 700 ml can be mixed in a shaker in just 10 seconds. For larger quantities, we would recommend a blender.
Kitchen scales - You can measure out Huel with a simple scoop. However, if you want to measure your Huel very accurately we recommend some simple kitchen scales. They can be purchased from a wide range of retailers for around £20.
Pitcher/jug - Save yourself time and mix a day’s supply in a glass jug and then simply pop it in the fridge.
Bottle/flask - Storing Huel in a shaker or bottle is fine for an hour or two, but if you are taking your Huel mix to work and want to keep it cold but do not have access to a fridge, then a vacuum flask would be very useful.
Huel is suitable for both type 1 and type 2 diabetics. It is based on oats and is high in fibre. As with all food, if you're using medication to help control your diabetes you should structure your intake of Huel appropriately. Indeed, Huel is low in sugar, has a low GI (see below) and you can accurately measure the amount of carbohydrate you're consuming each meal; this may be useful depending on what medication or insulin regimen you're following.
40% of the total energy intake in Huel comes from carbohydrates and this amount ties in well with Diabetes UK recommendations which you can read here. Indeed, for diabetics who count their carbs to help manage their blood glucose levels (as detailed on the Diabetes UK website here), please look at the carbohydrate information on Huel here; for example, a 3 scoop Huel meal will provide 42.6g of carbohydrate.
Huel has a Glycemic Index of 27.
There is some concern that the vitamins and minerals in vitamin tablets don't absorb very well into the body. The vitamin and mineral blend in Huel is only to bump up the vits and mins that aren't there in sufficient amounts from the food ingredients within Huel. Some vitamin and mineral supplements aren't absorbed well, but this is due to the constituents of the pill or the form of the micronutrient used in the blend. All forms used in the Huel VM blend are readily absorbed to provide adequate nutrition.
The simple answer is no. Humans have been powdering food for over 11,000 years - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quern-stone - some recent evidence believes it could be as long as 30,000 years - http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/flour-human-ancestors-neanderthals.htm
Digestion does begin with chewing; it starts the breakdown of solid food to increase the surface area and there's also one enzyme, salivary amylase, which breaks down the polysaccharide starch into the disaccharide maltose.
However, with liquid diets, this has already been done for you and salivary amylase has very little effect on total starch digestion; it merely kick starts carb digestion as, in the stomach, it itself is broken down (remember, enzymes are proteins). Its sister enzyme pancreatic amylase, which acts in the intestines, has a more pronounced effect where even previously solid food is liquid chyme. Huel has fine milled oats as the carb source and these are a lot easier to break down further than whole oats.
Also peristalsis remains active throughout the alimentary canal, as we've addressed this with good levels of soluble and insoluble fibres in Huel: Huel has 140% of the RDA of fibre.
If you've had surgery on your oesophagus or stomach which has resulted in partial or total removal, you can still benefit from using Huel. One symptom you should have been made aware of from medical staff is dumping syndrome, which is where the transit time for food will be a lot quicker and this could cause rebound hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels). The ingredients in Huel are low glycaemic and ideal to reduce the risk of dumping syndrome. However, to be cautious, we recommend you keep your servings of Huel smaller and spread through the day; i.e. 5-6 small portions, rather than 3-4 larger servings. Obviously this depends on your requirements and if you're using Huel 100% of your nutrition. Also, if you are using Huel for 100%, we suggest you work up to this level over 1-2 weeks rather than going straight to a complete Huel intake.
Do remember that some gastro-intestinal surgery can result in reduced absorption and increased requirements for certain nutrients, so we recommend you discuss Huel with your clinical staff before commencing its use.
Is Huel okay to consume during pregnancy? Is the level of vitamin A in Huel okay?
Huel is fine to use during pregnancy, but it should not be consumed as the sole source of nutrition as there are different nutritional requirements during this period.
Mothers are told not to consume too much vitamin A nor to use vitamin A supplements during pregnancy. The amount of vitamin A in Huel at 2,000 calories meets the EU recommended intake and is lower than typical intakes of people consume a varied diet and far lower than levels that have been shown to be safe during pregnancy.
Can Huel be used if I'm breastfeeding?
There are no ingredients in Huel that are contra-indicated for nursing/lactating mothers and Huel should be fine to consume.
Can Huel be administered through a feeding tube?
If there are no contra-indications for using Huel relating to the medical condition, Huel can be administered through a naso-gastric (NG) or PEG tube via the bolus / syringe method of administration. Due to Huel's ingredients and nutritional profile, it can be a great way of helping to curb hunger. As Huel has the ground flaxseed particles, please follow these essential points to prevent the tube from blocking:
- Flush the tube with at least 50ml of water before AND immediately after administering the Huel boluses.
- Blend Huel well with plenty of water: 100g Huel in 500ml water.
- Maintain good tube care as you would for any feed as per the instructions from your clinical staff.
Huel is not a 'supplement': Huel is food in a powdered format. Some people have asked for Huel to be tested by Informed Sport. However, that is expensive and unnecessary. In the same way that Weetabix is not tested by Informed Sport. However, we would like to confirm that Huel doesn't contain any banned substances and our manufacturer neither handles nor manufactures any products contained on the WADA banned substance list.
If you are concerned from a military perspective then it is important for you to know that the military do not require the products you consume to be approved by Informed Sport. The military’s advice on this states that -
“...the taking of such dietary supplements is highly unlikely to lead to a positive compulsory drugs test [sic] if they are responsibly sourced and used as directed.”
Although Huel does not fall into the category of supplement, we can assure you our ingredients have been responsibly sourced and our production facility does not come into contact with any other products. Therefore, the risk of contamination and the risk of a positive CDT is negligible. This information can be found in the defence instruction 2012DIN01-124, entitled “Use of Supplements by Members of the Armed Forces.”
Consuming a diet based solely on liquid foods will have no adverse effect on your teeth. However, we recommend that you brush your teeth thoroughly twice daily using a fluoride toothpaste and if you have any concerns regarding your dental health to discuss these with your dentist.
Huel is safe for children above 4 years of age to include in moderation as part of a balanced, varied diet, but please read our guidelines. Huel is not suitable for babies or infants below / during weaning age as there are different nutritional requirements in this age group.
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS - also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)) are conditions which include symptoms of tiredness and poor appetite. Huel is an ideal source of nutrition as it's easy to prepare and consume. Indeed, Huel is also ideal in other conditions with similar symptoms, for example Lyme disease.
We advise caution if you have diverticular disease. Whilst consuming Huel may be ok if your diverticular disease is in remission, if you're in an active diverticulitis phase, the ground flaxseeds may get caught up in diverticular pockets and cause irritation so we suggest avoiding Huel.
If you follow the acid-alkaline (pH) diet approach, the pH of Huel is 6.54 making it of 'neutral' pH. View the results of our pH reports by clicking here.
Phytoestrogens are plant-derived compounds similar in structure to the hormone oestrogen; they may also have similar effects on the body to that of oestrogen if consumed in large enough amounts. However, the proportion to which phytoestrogens affect the body and hormones, especially testosterone, have been highly inflated. If you are looking to gain muscle, this is a slow and difficult task and the most important factors are correct training, adequate nutrition and getting enough rest and sleep; the whole process takes time and effort. Testosterone is the hormone that's important in the process of muscle gain and some people have concerns as low testosterone levels will make the muscle gain process harder. Some people point to articles which state flaxseed may increase the amount of phytoestrogens causing concerns that this might lower or limit the production of testosterone. However, the fact that flaxseed is broken down by the body into lignans can actually lower the effectiveness of oestrogen in the body, with very useful side effects from people suffering from certain forms of cancer:
Flaxseed is sometimes tried for cancer because it is broken down by the body into chemicals called 'lignans'. Lignans are similar to the oestrogen - so similar, in fact, that they compete with oestrogen for a part in certain chemical reactions. As a result, natural oestrogens seem to become less powerful in the body. Some researchers believe that lignans may be able to slow down the progress of certain breast cancers and other types of cancers that need oestrogen to thrive. Source: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-991-flaxseed.aspx?activeingredientid=991&activeingredientname=flaxseed
So while phytoestrogens may act like natural oestrogens, they will only do so in large amounts and their ability to affect testosterone levels are limited, at best (http://www.pcrm.org/health/cancer-resources/ask/ask-the-expert-soy). Bringing this back to muscle gain, while testosterone will play a part, this will be affected mostly by the exercise you do, cutting out alcohol, getting enough fats, etc, not the minute amounts of phytoestrogens from the flaxseed in Huel.
Huel contains a macro split of 37:30:30:3; i.e. 37% of the energy comes from carbohydrates, 30% from fat, 30% from protein and 3% from fibre; it provides everything you need and is ideal for muscle gain, especially if you struggle to consume enough food for bulking.
The saturated fat content of Huel is 12.1g and 60% of the amount recommended (based on a 2,000 calories per day serving). Although this level is not high, some people are concerned because we have been advised not to have diets too high in saturates. However, the amount of saturated fat in Huel is not a problem for two reasons:
1) Huel contains a high amount of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) from the coconut oil. MCTs are actually types of saturated fat but they are metabolised in a very different way to other fats making them an efficient source of energy. MCTs make up nearly half of the saturates in Huel.
2) The issue that saturated fats are a major contributor to cardiovascular disease is an outdated issue.
The saturates in Huel may seem a high level, but they are naturally occurring and present for potential health benefits.
Questions are occasionally asked about why Huel doesn’t include the two fatty acids EPA and DHA. On a Huel diet, you do actually get sufficient levels of EPA and DHA, because Huel is high in the essential fatty acids LA and ALA. Huel provides sufficient ALA to be converted into EPA and DHA by the body. For more information, read James Collier BSc (Hons), RNutr's Guide to EPA and DHA in Huel.
Is Huel organic?
We don't create an organic version for a couple of reasons. One of them is cost, organic is far more expensive. There is an organic, nutritionally complete powdered food product out there; it’s called Ambronite, however it costs £8.55 per 500kcal whereas Huel costs £1.64 per 500kcal. That is 5 times the price of Huel and really doesn’t fit in with our mission to provide universally affordable, nutritionally complete food.
Some people are concerned that if they're not consuming raw plant foods then they're not getting natural enzymes from their diet. Plant foods do contain enzymes and heating destroys them, as is the case when you cook vegetables. However, enzymes themselves are proteins and, when consumed, are themselves digested and hence have a minimal contribution to digestion. Furthermore, enzymes in raw plant food are not those involved in human digestion. However, as the oats and flaxseed in Huel are milled, and there is no heating involved, there is minimal denaturing and most of the natural enzymes are left in tact.
Huel is not currently available in the United States or Canada. However, we have a facility in North America that we will be shipping Huel from early 2017. If you'd like to be notified when shipping is available, you can sign up for our mailing list.
None of the ingredients used to produce Huel have been treated with sulphur dioxide or sulphites in any format, nor have sulphites been used in any production process.
At Huel we have a massive respect for the UK Armed Forces serving locally and in theatres across the world. So we have joined up with the Defence Discount Service and are now offering discount to everyone with this membership. If you are serving Armed Forces, Reserve Forces, a Veteran, MOD Civil Servant, a Cadet of 16 or over, a spouse or partner of currently serving personnel or NATO personnel serving in the UK you can apply for an account with the Defence Service Discount and get money off your Huel! All you need to do is log into your Defence Service account and search for Huel. Follow this link to sign up - https://www.defencediscountservice.co.uk/index.php?p=newuser. Now for the serious bit; if this code is reposted on any other website, forum, social media page or magazine (military or otherwise) this discount will be removed.
How do I fix the 'unable to find a valid discount matching the code entered' error?
Our discount codes are not intended to be combined with the recurring order discount. However, if you drop us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org, we can change your code to work for recurring orders.
The pouches are sadly not recyclable, currently. They are made of a composite of plastic outer layer for strength and ensure it's waterproof and an inner layer of foil to block light, this stops the micro nutrients degrading.
We could make the pouches recyclable, made from biodegradable material. However, the compromise is that they will be weaker, will start to breakdown in the presence of moisture and will not block all the light. These means that the shelf life of Huel will need to be reduced, and there will be significant increase in product being spoiled due to water damage and general wear and tear. Therefore, we think overall using the current stronger, light blocking non-recyclable pouches actually creates less waste overall.
Despite this fact, the amount of waste that Huel packaging creates is frankly minimal compared to the packaging involved in most shop-bought food. This picture shows the amount of Huel and packaging for 96 years of Huel:
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